Cabinet makers work with a variety of materials, including wood, laminate, and steel. They work in both residential and commercial settings to build and install cabinetry and storage sections. In some situations, cabinet makers are also designers; in others, they are simply required to be able to read and follow blueprints and implement the vision of a designer or architect.
Cabinet makers frequently installing cabinetry in kitchens or baths in residential settings. The nature of the position requires a fluency in tools, including a variety of saws, hammers, and drills, both hand-powered and electrical. Cabinet makers also need a strong knowledge of various adhesives and surfaces to be successful. Good cabinet makers are precise and exacting in their work, and follow all design schematics to the letter unless otherwise instructed. They must be punctual and presentable because they may be working in an occupied home. In most situations, prior experience in general contracting and construction work is essential to be considered for employment in this kind of a job. Strong skills in arithmetic are often also helpful.
Normally, cabinet makers can expect to work normal business hours, but in certain commercial applications, they can work in overnight settings as well. While that may seem like a drawback, such work is normally billed at double the wage or similar work in daylight hours. Also, because of the construction requirements of individual jobs, cabinet makers will likely need to be bonded to ensure their own security and safety against potential customer claims.
Cabinet Maker Tasks
- Trim and verify dimensions before fastening and adhering components; sanding, staining, sealing and painting surfaces; and adding hardware.
- Cut and shape selected wood by operating power saws, planers, sanders, jointers, routers, and nailers.
- Build cabinets with the aid of blueprints, specifications, and part calculations.
- Prepare cost and time estimates in addition to conserving use of equipment and supplies.